Government seeking feedback on 10-year CV plan

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The federal government has released a draft Roadmap for public consultation in its $220 million for a 10-year Mission for Cardiovascular Health.

The 10-year roadmap, funded through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), was announced in the 2019-20 budget underpinned by research focused on heart disease and stroke.

According to the roadmap, cardiovascular disease results in premature death and disability and is responsible for one-in-three deaths - around 43,500 deaths in Australia each year.

It identifies six 'flagship strategic areas' for investment - drug discovery, bioengineering, precision medicine, data, clinical trials, and implementation and policy.

Mr Hunt also announced the members of the Mission for Cardiovascular Health Expert Advisory Panel. They are:

  • Professor Gemma Figtree (Chair), University of Sydney;
  • Professor Garry Jennings AO, Chief Medical Advisor, National Heart Foundation;
  • Professor Emily Banks, Australian National University;
  • Dr Ray Mahoney, CSIRO;
  • Mr Chris Nave, Managing Director, Brandon Capital Partners;
  • Ms Jennifer Tucker, Consumer Advocate, National Heart Foundation;
  • Professor David Winlaw, Children’s Hospital Westmead;
  • Professor Livia Hool, University of Western Australia;
  • Professor Dominique Cadilhac, Monash University;
  • Dr James Hudson, QIMR Berghofer; and, 
  • Professor Julie Bernhardt, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.